Carlton Thomas still is hoping to play this fall at a Football Bowl Subdivision program, but the former Georgia running back needs to complete his undergraduate degree this summer at UGA first.
That‚Äôs the word from Brad Metheny, Thomas‚Äô coach at Frostproof High in Florida.
If Thomas finishes up in Athens and graduates, he would have a scholarship waiting at Memphis and Akron, Metheny said. Georgia announced on the first day of spring practices on March 20 that Thomas, a rising redshirt senior, had decided to transfer for his final season.
‚ÄúWhen I talked to the academic people at UGA, they told me that he should be able to graduate by July or at least by the first of August,‚Äù Metheny said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs got some work to do to be able to do either one of those. I really don‚Äôt know whether that‚Äôs going to happen or not. He‚Äôs got some nice offers out there, some nice possibilities, but we‚Äôve got to do what we‚Äôve got to do on the other end.‚Äù
Thomas couldn‚Äôt transfer to an FBS program and sit out a year because he wouldn‚Äôt have any eligibility yet, but he could get another season as a graduate. Thomas was suspended three different times last season. He rushed for 725 yards and four touchdowns in his career.
All but two of the 19 members of Georgia‚Äôs signing class arrived on campus this week. Summer classes begin Friday.
“Freshman rolled in on Monday,” Georgia coach Mark Richt tweeted this afternoon. “They look great. It was awesome to see their families as well. Their journey has begun. Go Dawgs!!”
Defensive lineman John Atkins from Thomson, who has not reported, told us at the state track meet that he still needs to get a qualifying test score. Linebacker Leonard Floyd from Dodge County also isn‚Äôt in town yet. He is in summer school completing a core class that he needs to qualify, Dawgs247 reported.
“I think he’s going to be OK enrolling in Georgia,” his high school coach said.
Looks like quarterback Aaron Murray probably won‚Äôt be making a repeat appearance in Hoover, Ala., next month with the Georgia contingent for SEC Media Days. The kickoff event is July 17-19 at the Wynfrey Hotel.
Murray went as a redshirt sophomore last year, but coach Mark Richt generally has brought deserving seniors with him and players who have been named All-Americans. Think outside linebacker Jarvis Jones this year. The 2011 All-American is projected by some as a top-five NFL draft pick if he enters the draft.
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